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David Orwig

Since 2001 we've been doing this ... thing. After all this time I still don't know what to call it... my hobby... a "passion"... a second career, maybe?  It sort of feels like all three, except, as a career... it's certainly cost more that it's earned.  I know this because it hasn't earned a dime. DFW Radio has always been the "Odd Man Out"... which is genuinely strange because it certainly has skin in the game. 20 years of skin. Probably a pimple or two as well. I dunno.  Through it all, though... whether we had 8 listeners or 200... it always had its place firmly in my heart... and I never once thought it would ever break me to keep it going. And then the budget got tight and the laws changed regarding the costs and legalities of running an internet radio station, 24/7.  So, yes, there was a time, several years ago when i said to myself: "self... this is gonna eat you alive... maybe we should stop while we're ahead".  I didn't want sponsors... I didn't want endless commercials about dishwashers and the most absorbent brand of tampons on the market.  I just wanted to play the music I loved and grew up with. And I never wanted to be the station manager, program director and sole deejay.  I knew DFW needed help to forge a future if we were going to survive.

Then came Charme, and Sharon, although not necessarily in that order. Suddenly we had a variety that extended beyond the 80's, and production assistants who doubled as engineers. It's interesting that DFW was originally a "Pittsburgh" thing... and then, when we relocated, it was done exclusively in Honey Brook. But now, Charme and Sharon are both New Yorker's, originally, and you might be surprised to learn that this does actually change the sound of the station, somewhat - alas, for the better. This year we've added more new talent from across the pond, Mr. Glenn Mitchell, who has the 60's on his side, fer sure.

There's been some misconceptions regarding the station over the years as well. Let me take a minute to dispel some of the most glaringly obvious ones:

1. No, DFW has NOTHING to do with Dallas/Fort Worth. We're still located in Honey Brook, PA.

2. DFW Radio goes back to the days when Internet Radio stations were known as "ongoing webcasts".  And since it was initially for my family and friends... the name stands for: "David's Family Webcast".

3. Only 3 shows out of the entire lineup are actually "live", these days. The rest are pre-recorded a day or two prior to air-date and sent to us via a filebase on the Internet.  This will change again, once the pandemic is over.

Over the last 20 years, the station has relocated 4 times and has burned through no less than 9 servers. But we have never re-tooled the station with new microphones, mixing boards and equipment until now. It's long overdue, and the overhaul is almost complete. We're proud to be with you, all these years later. We're still commercial-free, we're still doing what we love, we're still finding ways to make a nickle scream until it begs for mercy... and for the first time ever, we also have an advertising budget. So thanks for tuning in, and if you haven't yet... wtf, dude!!??? Do it! You won't regret it.   
David Orwig Dec 30 '20
David Orwig

Just like that... we blinked... and Summer was a blurry memory.  We're all doing okay, here in Honey Brook, PA. The station is now streaming on a much higher quality server, and the one thing that seems to be a recurring theme around here is a revolving door of upgrades.  Last month, we celebrated our 19th year on the air, a milestone that, frankly, continues to thrill us to no end. In belated honor of that momentous occasion, we decided that the website needed yet another upgrade... as all things get stale as time passes, except, of course, the music.

And now to the things that really matter to you, our loyal listeners:

We're still commercial-free

We still pump out the music that you love

Charme is back! And we welcome her return to the DFW Family, even though, in our hearts, she never left!

We have a rock-solid stable of new voiceover talent, some great new on-air staff, your old favorites returning for the Fall lineup, some incredible new shows that we know you won't want to miss; and, as always, a very high commitment towards bringing you top-quality programming to get you through your day.

Your weekends just got more fun, too! Sundays have never been a better time to tune into DFW Radio, with the return of Beatlefest Sunday and, at 5pm EST, our newest addition to the DFW Family, Glenn Mitchell brings you "The 60's Show" from across the pond in a fabled land called "England".

So join us. And tell your friends!

Have a happy and safe Autumn.

David & The DFW Family

David Orwig Sep 12 '20
David Orwig

Okay, so I get that the site was looking pretty sloppy as of late... and...ummm... some parts were missing.  And... yeah... we lost all our Station Blogs and News Articles... and our Player stopped responding locally...and...

So, what's important here is that we've recovered some of the earlier blog posts that go back 3 or 4 years and we've rebuilt the website.  There's a lot of things we have planned for the future.  This year we've been fast at work developing apps and, in association with myTuner Radio, we're now available on Roku, Amazon Fire TV, via Alexa and on Echo devices, as well as Google Home. So, we're definitely a very busy bunch these days. 

We're happy that you're a part of the experience as we grow and expand the station into different markets and all sorts of interesting directions.  Thank you!


David Orwig Feb 2 '20
David Orwig
Anther Holiday season is upon us.  Every year we get into the spirit of the season and bring you some of the best Christmas memories, both past and present... from the middle of November to January 1st.  This year is no exception... but it almost didn't happen.
You probably noticed that we were off the air from late September to mid-November.  Unfortunately, the reasons are too varied to get into, but, needless to say, we were scrambling to resolve the issues in time to launch our Holiday format.  I'm very happy to report that we didn't disappoint.  On November 14th, the day before my birthday, incidentally. we began streaming.  Since the Holiday format was scheduled to begin in a few short weeks anyway, we simply decided that Christmas was going to be early for us this year. So, no doubt, our listeners found the station back online and streaming "All Christmas, All The Time".  Believe me, it was a great birthday present for me, as well!

Happy Holidays!

David Orwig Dec 19 '17
David Orwig
Monday morning , August 20, 2001 at 5:00am... was a quiet, rainy, not-very-illustrious start to a Summer day. Back then, I had a day job, working in the IT Department for Allegheny County, in Pittsburgh.  9/11 was a few short weeks away... and I had 2 hours to get myself ready to go to work, via the daycare to drop off my daughter, and a bus stop (because nobody in their right mind actually drove downtown to work a job!).  We didn't know it, but it was a poor time to launch an Internet radio station.  But, uneventfully... that's exactly what I did before I walked out the door.  I clicked on the old Winamp/Shoutcast setup... flipped a switch... and grabbed an umbrella. Simple as that.  All day long I listened to the automated stream at my desk while I fielded tech support calls in my office.  Not shabby for a webcast (the term "netcast" was still several years away from being the commonplace term) that was streaming at 64kbps.  And that was it.  No fanfare... about 2 listeners that whole sponsors... just music.  I did a show called "Simply 80's" with a co-deejay partnering with me since 1997. By the end of 2001, the partner was gone... and it was just I moved the show over to DFW and kept going.  It would be years before we added The Morning Show, RetroOasis, Beatlefest Sunday, HitMix, The RetroDiner, or Sharon's Country Harvest... but I do recall the night I premiered "80's After Dark" in January of 2002, because it was the first time Sharon did the DJ Drops and went on the air. 

Next came  Charme, and, with her... a host of announcers, techs and freelance voiceover artists.  We were growing... and somewhere along the line... we were becoming an extended family. When I relocated to Honey Brook, PA, almost 8 years ago... we went off the air for a few weeks.  It was Sharon who said "you should be doing what you love...what is it that you want most of all?".  I immediately blurted out "DFW".  And so the rest is history. DFW has always been a labor of love. To remain commercial--free and still be able to produce the quality of shows we have... we've learned how to become extremely creative...both with production value and financial shuffling.  But we're still here... and we're proud to have outlasted many other (some more popular) Internet Stations in the process.

People have asked me time and again over the years: "what does 'DFW' stand for?".  The call letters were cleverly (or predictably) dreamed up back in 2000... and they stand for [D]avid's [F]amily [W]ebcast.   Ha.  The More You Know, right?

We're proud as we can be to still be here... and still tagging along with you as you go about your day. 

So... Happy Anniversary to DFW, and thanks for "tuning in" and joining us.  We are hopeful for many, many more years to come.

David, Sharon & Charme
David Orwig Aug 11 '17
David Orwig
Happy Holidays to our awesome listeners!

Prior to our "big move" (still in progress!) the team sat down to discuss scheduling and programming for the first half of 2017.  These are "peak listener" times, and it's never a grand idea to make changes to online radio lineups during this particular phase of the year.  While terrestrial radio and other mediums receive better ratings during the Summer months, it's true that stations of our particular type tend to show higher listener averages during the first half and tail end of every year.  So it's always been clear to us.... during this schedule block cycle... "change is bad!" 

However, we are an incredibly stupid bunch of happy team players... so we are proceeding to do the unthinkable. Therefore... the following programming will not be renewed after the Holiday Season format ceases on January 1, 2017:

BeatleFest Sunday
HollyHop Radio

Contractually, and in compliance with the DMCA regulations which allow us to operate, it's simply not feasible to continue to produce this programming at this time. Whether these programs will be discontinued permanently or temporarily remains to be seen.  But, for the foreseeable future, there will be other programming in those time slots (Saturday mornings and Sunday, respectively).  I can tell by the shocked silence that you're as unhappy about these changes as we were.... until we started dreaming of all the really great and cool program possibilities that we could think up and implement.

There is one other change that is a personal one for me.  As of February 1st, I will be stepping down as emcee of "Simply 80's", aired nightly at 8:00PM EST.  As the station continues to grow, and my tasks increase as both program director and host of the "Morning Show", the demand requires me to refocus my attention towards these roles.  Simply 80's originated as an hour-long on-demand program (via Real Audio) in 1996, which makes it one year older than my daughter and precedes "DFW Radio" by nine years.  So this decision was as difficult as it was sad for me to make.  A new host will be announced shortly.

So, what new and exciting things do we have planned for you in 2017?  What new shows will be in those old, time-honored program slots?
Aww heck, relax, everyone! You're in good hands... would we let you down?  Nahhhh.  But we WOULD keep you in suspense until after the holiday season.  Because... well... we're just mean, like that. 

Until my next post on the other side of the New Year...

Peace & Love to all... and Merry Christmas/Happy New Year from our family to yours.

  David Orwig
  Program Director & Occasionally Obnoxious Deejay 

David Orwig Dec 16 '16
David Orwig

You probably never wondered what it takes for a radio station to gear up for a format change that lasts for only 6 weeks out of the year.  Well, now you won't ever have to.

The holidays are upon us.  Most of you don't consider this as an epic event in your professional lives, but for the modest, small staff (5) of DFW Radio... the fun starts during the first week of October.

The program director (That's me, by the way) starts pouring over song titles and playlists from the year before, adding and updating, tweaking and timing about a dozen configurations for each show.  Bet you thought everything was improvised, didn't you?  Not hardly.

Around the same time, our on-air staff begin working with the engineer (or pulling double-duty as both), producing Holiday Station ID's, tags, liners, and just about everything else you hear in-between songs (except their live banter), including commercial promos.  This year, the bulk of that production fell upon our newest sucker....errrr... I mean member of the DFW Family, Charme Cassidy; and let me tell ya... that girl's got skill and brought her "A" Game!

By the beginning of November, we bring in Jon Coleman to finalize some voiceover artist work for us... and while he's sub-contracted, we still consider him an indispensable part of our team.

Back in the early days of DFW, some 15 years ago, The process was far more simplistic.  I did all of these jobs myself, on the fly, and then compiled about 12 hours of music which I put on an endless loop!  Every year, it becomes more complex and we seem to be starting earlier and earlier.   Adding more variety meant recruiting more staff, including our on-air personalities.  It's important to mention that as we run on a very simple budget, remain commercial-free, and remain not-for-profit, each of us volunteer our time and various talents towards keeping the station operational and our programs professionally produced, often doubling as producer, engineer, while continuing to deliver our shows each day as on-air talent. 

So, we have plenty to celebrate as this Holiday Season approaches.  We're so very happy that you're a part of our family.

Happy Holidays!

Peace, Love, Eternal Pizza!

  David Orwig
  Program Director & Occasionally Obnoxious Deejay 

David Orwig Nov 19 '16
Charme Cassidy
Hi everyone!  I just wanted to take a minute to let you know that HitMix is expanding its program to 5 hours beginning this afternoon, at 3pm to 8pm EST.  Join me for the best of the 70's and 80's every weekday at our new time.  Don't forget to send in your requests via the DFW Radio Request & Feedback group page... or join my new group and post a message for us to see.

Charme Cassidy Nov 1 '16 · Rate: 5
David Orwig

After much discussion with the firm of "Me, Myself & I, Inc."... it's been decided to begin the Fall Schedule a little early this year.  There's been some small changes that will effect the weekend schedule, in particular.  "Holly Hop Radio", while a favorite with die hard fans, has been reformatted into the afternoon schedule, from 12pm to 4pm.  More shows have been produced, of course, within the scope of the new time slot.  Don't worry, Rockabilly Fans... it's never going to disappear.  From 4pm to Midnight, we have a taste of vintage 50's and 60's radio for you, including full broadcasts from that era, complete with the original commercials. "Cruisin 50's & 60's" is sure to be a fan favorite for anyone that longs for a taste of vintage R&R from that incredible era.

BeatleFest Sunday has undergone a fantastic overhaul, with more material from the Fab 4, including the much-anticipated return of "The Fantasy BBC Sessions" at noon.

Our weekday lineup, for now, hasn't changed with the exception of new shows being produced, of course, and the triumphant return of Sharon G. at the helm of "RetroOasis" from noon to 3.  "Simply 80's" will be returning with yours truly in front of the microphone (lucky you!), but due to scheduling and the desire to have a life... we've moved the show to 8:00pm to 11:00pm.  Our "Request & Dedication" show will follow "RetroOasis" at 3:00pm.

Thanks for streaming us, and as always, if you have any questions, comments or requests... you know where they go, y'all.

Peace, Love, Eternal Pizza!

David Orwig
Program Director & Occasionally Obnoxious Deejay 
David Orwig Aug 27 '16

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